Natalie was born in the U.S.A (Boulder Colorado), but went to school in the U.S., New Zealand, the U.K. and Australia. After completing high school (in Canberra), she went ´walkabout´ - spending several years on a Prawn Trawler, travelling with a circus, and helping run a small silvicultural contracting business.  She then started University at ANU – to find that she thoroughly enjoyed economics, academia and research.

Nowadays, Natalie is perhaps best described as an economist with a keen interest in the environmental and social/distributional issues associated with economic growth - with  extensive experience in a variety of non-market valuation techniques.  What distinguishes her from many other economists, is her track record of collaborative cross-disciplinary research using models that combine economic, environmental and social variables to explore interactions between socio-economic and ecological systems.   She has published widely in both national and international forums and supervises many (mostly multidisciplinary) research students.   

  • EC5214: Case Studies in Applied Economics and Finance (Level 5; TSV)
  • Environmental economics Non-market valuation techniques Natural resource economics Natural resource management Regional economics Indigenous economies Tourism economics
  • 2011 to present - Professor of Economics and Tropical Leader, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Associate Professor of Economics, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Senior Lecturer in Economics, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Data Analyst and Researcher, CSIRO - Sustainabile Ecosystems (Townsville)
  • 1992 to 2000 - Economics Lecturer, University of Canberra
  • 1990 to 1992 - Economics Tutor, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 85+ research outputs authored by Prof Natalie Stoeckl from 1995 onwards.

Current Funding

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Wet Tropics Management Authority - Contract Research

State of Wet Tropics Report 2014/15

Indicative Funding
Each year, the Wet Tropics Management Authority prepares a report on the State of the Wet Tropics (SoWT) The report is in two parts: an annual report, and a thematic report. The selected theme for the 2014/15 State of the Wet Tropics Report is on 'The value (economic contribution) of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to the region'. This project will undertake the desktop research necessary to prepare that report.
Natalie Stoeckl, Joseph Thomas and Michelle Esparon (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Wet Tropics; Economic Valuation; Ecosystem Services

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Research priorities for Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) across Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$45,000 over 2 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) protect biodiversity, ecosystem services, cultural and community values. This collaborative project involving NAILSMA, CSIRO and JCU seeks to prioritise research needs for IPAs. Working closely with IPA managers and other key stakeholders, a sub-component of the project (JCU's focus), will identify: (a) core social, economic and cultural benefits associated with IPA's; (b) gaps in our understanding of the economic 'value' of those benefits; and © ways in which stakeholders could use information about the economic 'value' of those benefits in decision making contexts. Results will contribute to the development of a multi-year research plan to help address those priorities.
Natalie Stoeckl, Michelle Esparon, Daniel Grainger, Rosemary Hill, Melissa George and Pethie Lyons, with the help of Leah Talbot, Fiona Peak, Julie Melbourne and Marina Farr (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Indigenous Protected Areas; Knowledge; Environmental Accounting; Economies of Scale & Scope; Research Priorities; social-cultural; Engagement; Participation

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Review of integrated models, frameworks and decision support tools to guide management and planning in Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$62,000 over 2 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
Different modelling tools have been developed and trialled in Northern Australia to contribute to planning for multiple objectives. The variety of available models, and the complexity of some, makes it difficult for end-users to assess which of the models would be suitable for their needs. Different models inform different types of management decisions, in different contexts, and have very different costs and human capacity requirements. This project will provide a resource that will help ensure that tools which are selected for development/trial suit end-users needs and can be feasibly developed with available resources and with knowledge of their strengths and limitations.
Natalie Stoeckl, Michelle Esparon, Silva Larson, Bob Pressey, Jorge Alvarez Romero, Michael Douglas, David Pannel, Vanessa Adams and Mark Kennard, with the help of Marina Farr (College of Business, Law & Governance and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
integrated modelling; multi-objective planning; modelling frameworks; Northern Australia; decision support tools; catchment modelling

Australian Marine Conservation Society - Contract Research

Cairns Port: Understanding Current and Future Economic Opportunities of the Cruise Ship Terminal at Trinity Inlet, Cairns

Indicative Funding
Leisure cruising is often regarded as the fastest growing segment of the tourism sector. With the largest ships now boasting berthing capacities of well over 3,000 passengers, the industry has faced heightened scrutiny regarding the risks cruise vessels pose to vulnerable marine ecosystems. In 2014, Ports North submitted an environmental impact statement concerning its proposal to dredge the shipping channel at Trinity Inlet to allow so called ‘mega-class’ cruise ships quayside access to Cairns. To strengthen public contributions to the analysis of the project, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with WWF – Australia, contracted James Cook University to investigate the potential economic contributions of expanded cruise tourism in the city. This report provides critical context allowing policymakers and local stakeholders in Cairns—including tourism operators—to participate in an informed discussion about the benefits and risks of cruise tourism in the city.
Natalie Stoeckl, with the help of Joseph Thomas (Cairns Institute, College of Business and Law & Governance)
Cruise Ship Terminal; Tourism Expenditure; Regional Economic Impact

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Research Program - Tropical Ecosystems Hub

Socio-economic systems and reef resilience

Indicative Funding
$800,000 over 5 years
This project focuses on relationships between socio-economic systems and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). It comprises three interrelated activities which seek to improve our understanding of (a) resident and tourist views about the relative 'value' of key ecosystem services that are provided by the reef; (b) tourist views about the relative value of key attributes of reef health, and the likely consequence (e.g. fewer visits, less expenditure) of deterioration in reef health; and (c) the extent to which variations in beef prices, the exchange rate and other socioeconomic variables (in conjunction with biophysical variables) influence water quality in the GBR lagoon.
Natalie Stoeckl, Jon Brodie, Silva Larson and Bruce Prideaux, with the help of Taha Chaiechi, Renae Tobin, Stephen Lewis, Margaret Gooch, Bob Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski (College of Business, Law & Governance, Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Marine & Environmental Sciences and Portland State University)
Great Barrier Reef; Tourism; Valuation; Water Quality; Ecosystem services; socio-economic systems

Department of the Environment - Australian Marine Mammal Centre - Grant Scheme

Maximising the impact of AMMC Project ‘The Sharing and Consumption of Dugong Meat Outside the Torres Strait: strategies and options’ in the international peer-reviewed literature

Indicative Funding
This project will expedite the publication of AMMC-funded research on ‘The Sharing and Consumption of Dugong Meat outside the Torres Strait’ in the international peer-reviewed literature. The peer review process will ensure rigorous scientific scrutiny of our research findings. It will further add value to the original research contributing to management planning and policy analysis. The findings suggest that a sustainability agenda can be pursued by the Diaspora in the management of dugong and turtle harvesting. The heightened political and public interest surrounding traditional marine hunting requires relevant research to have the credibility of publication in the international peer-reviewed literature.
Felecia Watkin, Helene Marsh and Natalie Stoeckl (Indigenous Centre, College of Marine & Environmental Sciences, College of Business and Law & Governance)
Torres Strait; Torres Strait Diaspora; Dugongs; Management Plans; Traditional Fisheries

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Research Program - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Searching for cost-effective methods of achieving key biodiversity outcomes in Northern Australia: are there economies of scale or scope?

Indicative Funding
$222,722 over 4 years
Working across Australia's North, this project will investigate the financial aspects and relative cost-0effectiveness of achieving specific biodiversity outcomes by collecting and analysing data on the costs of undertaking a range of activities that could achieve biodiversity objectives, on their own, and/or in conjunction with a range of other activities (such as those associated with tourism, agriculture, carbon and /or bio-security). This activity will thus identify cost-effective means of achieving particular biodiversity outcomes and assess the importance of economies of scale and/or economies of scope.
Natalie Stoeckl and Taha Chaiechi (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Economies of scale and scope; biodiversity costs; Northern Australia

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Research Program - Tropical Ecosystems Hub

Relative social and economic values of residents and tourists in the WTWHA

Indicative Funding
$185,000 over 3 years
This project focuses on the biodiversity of The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Australia and the many problems associated with managing and marketing the region whilst conserving this biodiversity Valuation techniques will be utilized to measure, compare and prioritise a variety of different use and non-use values.
Natalie Stoeckl and Silva Larson (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA); Valuation; Biodiversity; Tourism; Environment

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Livelihood Benefits of Adaptive Co-management of Hand Collectable Fisheries in Torres Strait and Fiji (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • The Contribution of the Environment to Wellbeing. (Masters, Primary Advisor)
  • Economic, Social and Environmental Factors Influencing Life and Tourist Satisfaction (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • People Building Stronger Regions: an Empirical Investigation into the Determinants of Migration (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Securing Marine Ecological and Socio-Cultural Outcomes Through Innovative and Strategic Finance. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Coal Mining and Human Well Being: A Case Study in Inner Mongolia China (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating the Contribution of natural Capital to human Well-being. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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